Tijuana took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Pachuca came back to earn a 2-3 away win. The result ends a three-game road winless streak for the Tuzos – and puts them at least temporarily atop the table – while the Xolos saw their two-game unbeaten run brought to a halt.
Tijuana had the first chance of the game in the 9th minute through Milton Caraglio, and then Pachuca suffered an early setback as Hirving Lozano was forced out of the game with an injury in the 15th minute. “Chucky” was stretchered off the field after a foul by Michael Orozco.
The breakthrough came just before halftime, when Damián Pérez made it 1-0 for Tijuana in the 41st minute. The left-back appeared in between Pachuca’s defense to finish off a cross from Joe Corona.
But Pachuca responded just minutes into the second stanza. In the 51st minute, Roberto Alvarado – who had come on for the injured Lozano – knocked Franco Jara’s shot in at the far post to make it 1-1.
Ten minutes later, Jara got on the score sheet himself when he finished off a pass from Jonathan Urretaviscaya to give Pachuca the 1-2 lead.
Then, in the 73rd minute, Urretaviscaya scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when Gibrán Lajud was unable to hold on to his shot.
Although Tijuana went down to 10 men in the 76th minute, they were still able to reduce the deficit to 2-3 with Milton Caraglio’s goal in stoppage time. However, there was not enough time remaining for the Xolos to go on to find a tying goal.
With the 2-3 win, Pachuca reaches 17 points while Tijuana still has 16.
Tijuana: Manuel Gibrán Lajud, Michael Orozco (Juan Núñez 45′), Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Víctor Aguilera, Damián Pérez, Joe Corona, Guido Rodríguez (Jorge Ortiz 53′), Avilés Hurtado, Víctor Malcorra, Juan Lucero (Henry Martín 65′), Milton Caraglio.
Pachuca: Óscar Pérez, Emmanuel García (Erick Aguirre 55′), Omar González, Óscar Murillo, Raúl López, Erick Gutiérrez, Víctor Guzmán, Jorge Hernández, Hirving Lozano (Roberto Alvarado 15′), Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Franco Jara (Braian Rodríguez 65′).